Study of Cylindrical Dusty Plasmas in PK-4J; Theory and Simulations

Int. J. Microgravity Sci. Appl. 2014p055
Author
H. TOTSUJI, C. TOTSUJI, K. TAKAHASHI and S. ADACHI
Organization
Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency,Kogakuin University,Kyoto Institute of Technology
Abstract
An overview on theoretical works and numerical simulations on dusty plasmas with cylindrical symmetry is presented. The main purpose of these works has been to investigate strongly coupled dusty plasmas which are expected to be realized in the planned experiments by PK-4 on the International Space Stationand and experiments by PK-4J, a similar apparatus constructed here. The distribution of dust particles is analyzed, both analytically and numerically, first on the basis of the drift-diffusion equations as continuum and then numerical simulations have been performed, taking the effect of discreteness into account.
Keyword(s)
cylindrical dusty plasma, PK-4J, drift-diffusion equation, numerical simulation
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